An Exercise Our Asian and Indian Ancestors Used to Do That Burns Fat and Slows Down Aging

Origins of Squatting Squats originated in India and Asia, long before the age of furniture.  Squatting made life easier as it gave people the freedom to “sit” wherever they choose; have dinner without a table and chairs, play dice in the street, read a book or take a coffee break.  Aside from convenience, there are tremendous health benefits to squatting which I’ll review.  I’ve also included a special squat video filmed and produced by my kids, followed by some other

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Where’s Your Body Fat? A Look at Body Shapes and Health Risks Across Different Ethnic Groups-Indians, Asians, Caucasians, etc.

Background The global obesity crisis has traditionally been focused on body weight and body mass index (aka BMI) rather than body shape and composition.  Weight and BMI are blunt tools that can identify more obvious health risks, but unfortunately they miss the more subtle manifestations of dangerous and often hidden visceral adipose tissue (aka “VAT”). VAT, unlike subcutaneous adipose tissue (aka “SAT”), is actually quite hidden in particular ethnic groups like South Asians/Indians and East Asians.  These are typically folks

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Can Good Nutrition Halt Cancer Growth?

  The following post is written by Prerna Uppal, MS, RD, CDE Background on Cancer My passion for wellness and disease prevention always inspired me to look for ways to live well, not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually too.  This desire to understand how we must use a holistic approach to be in optimal health, led me to question the cause of chronic diseases; As a registered dietitian, I naturally delved deeper into the science of foods and

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Protecting Your Children From the Dangers of Lead Poisoning

The following article is written by pediatrician, Dr. Shally Sinha and exposes the dangers of lead poisoning. Maggi Noodles and Lead Poisoning Cases in My Clinic You’ve probably heard that Maggi noodles, a staple food in nearly every Indian household, was recently found to contain lead.  Many Indian-American children in Boston were being diagnosed with lead poisoning and the FDSA (Food and Drug Safety Administration) took notice.  Scientists set out to find where the lead might be coming from, and

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Watch My TEDx on Prescription Apps and Join Our Bay Area Meetup Group

My TEDx on Prescription Apps Sorry it took so long for me to post this. My first TEDx was a non-broadcast event (not online) back in 2013, in front of a bunch of execs and movers and shakers in the community, held at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose.  This time around I had a different audience.  Students and their parents at Monta Vista high school in Cupertino.  I was particularly interested in this audience since they are in

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Does Heat and Sauna Use Help Burn Body Fat and Improve Health?

Introduction Many of us have ancestral roots from a tropical or subtropical region of the world, where sweating outdoors was a natural way of life. Now, due to modern life, we work indoors and even work out in temperature-controlled gyms. Our bodies have actually become more heat intolerant and this could be causing physiological and metabolic changes that prevent us from reaching the best possible health, body composition and fitness. In this post, we are going to take a closer

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Why “Nothing” is My Favorite Meal of the Day-A Look at Intermittent Fasting

Intro to the Author and My Favorite Meal I’ve had some really talented and highly qualified writers reach out to me with requests to write for my blog.  I’m a bit of a blog control freak but realize it is incredibly important for me to share the experiences of a diverse group of individuals so you benefit the most. The path to wellness is not a dogmatic adherence to findings from research studies,  which is where our medical industry and

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A Condensed Guide to My Book for Those With Little Time

FEEDBACK SO FAR I’ve had overwhelming feedback so far from book readers globally about the remarkable improvements in health they have experienced and how they have been inspired by the case studies which they connected with.  Despite the title, folks from all ethnic backgrounds (South Asian, East Asian, Western, etc.) have found the content useful.  My goal was not just to overwhelm readers with scientific and nutrition information, but to also tell stories that readers could connect to and gain

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Healthy Plane and Travel Tips

Before I launch into this topic, I wanted to introduce someone who is a key part of my clinical team and the work I do.  It took me a while to find the right dietician to work with, but finally Prerna Uppal has been the one I’ve been searching for.  She has decades of experience as a registered dietician and a certified diabetes educator who has worked in the US and abroad in India, she co-hosts my weekly radio show

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A Must Watch Video

Globesity Crisis Below is a must watch YouTube video on the global obesity (aka “Globesity”) crisis.  Four major obesity hot spots are covered: Mexico, China, Brazil and India.  I encourage you to watch the entire video so you understand the dire economic and commercial forces fueling this health crisis, and also ask you to share with your family abroad who tend to be oblivious to this world they are living in. In case you wish to watch in  segments, I

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